Chris Savino is the creator of The Loud House, a hit Nickelodeon cartoon. The show, about a young boy growing up with 10 sisters, has been praised for its inclusivity — one character has gay dads. However, according to the industry news site Cartoon Brew, Nickelodeon suspended Savino over numerous sexual harassment claims.
Cartoon Brew reports a dozen women have come forward with claims of harassment. The claims run from unwanted sexual advances to industry blacklisting.
Savino has worked on a number of famous cartoons. He directed episodes of The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory. He also did layouts for Ren & Stimpy. Unfortunately, rumors have circulated about Savino for over a decade.
In a statement to Cartoon Brew, Nickelodeon didn’t confirm that Savino had been suspended:
Viacom [Nickelodeon’s parent company] is committed to the safety and well-being of our employees, and to fostering a workplace free from harassment. As a matter of policy, we do not comment on specific employee matters, but we take all allegations of this nature very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and take any necessary actions as a result.
Cartoon Brew also has a story from an anonymous artist who worked with Savino. The story alleges that Savino worked with an artist as a mentor developing her new project. He then sent her unwanted lewd texts. When she turned him down, Savino ended her project.
Unfortunately, this is not the only case of a creator of a gay-inclusive cartoon being suspended for sexual harassment. In 2014, Clarence creator Skyler Page was fired from Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network let Page go after Adventure Time storyboard revisionist Emily Partridge said Page groped her.
Clarence featured a character with raised by a female couple.
Clarence continued after the departure of Page. While it remains to be seen if The Loud House will continue — or if Nickelodeon will fire Savino — it’s likely the show would continue without him. The show is Nickelodeon’s second highest-rated show after SpongeBob SquarePants.